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Letter from the CEO: Adopting the NYC Salary Inquiry Ban Across Offices

June 19th, 2017

June 19, 2017

The New York City Salary Inquiry Ban

A Letter from the CEO:

Last month, the New York City Council voted to implement a NYC Salary History Inquiry Ban in November and I am excited to announce that Talener will take an aggressive approach beyond the NYC law and embrace the pure intention of the law – extending it to all six of our offices nationally.

The salary inquiry ban prohibits employers (including staffing agencies) from inquiring about a prospective employee’s salary history during any stage of the hiring process. This is just the tip of the iceberg towards leveling the playing field and eliminating discrimination biases.

By removing an often-uncomfortable conversation surrounding previous salary, we can be even more focused on improving our interactions and relationships with our clients and candidates.  Relying on previous salary history perpetuates a life-long wage gap that focuses on previous compensation instead of the core skills and competencies that a candidate has attained.

Moving forward, we will educate candidates about the new law and how we are addressing it.  Early feedback from candidates has been well-received.  They are often hesitant to divulge compensation history, so this is a welcomed change.

We will refrain from discussing candidates’ compensation with clients as well. Rather, we are speaking with them about what candidates are looking for in their next role.  Thus far, our clients have been receptive.  Many have indicated that we are the first agency to bring up the changes that the law will encompass.

As an industry, we are programmed to ask about salary.  It will take some time to retrain and replace our reflexes; but I am confident that this is the right direction for everyone involved.

I am embracing this change as a positive move forward.  This is a learning experience for everyone involved and I will personally take a hands-on approach towards educating our staff, clients, and candidates.  We are committed to eliminating the wage gap by diminishing discrimination and ultimately perpetuating inclusive hiring practices.

 

Thank you,

Michael Dsupin

CEO, Talener

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One Year Snapshot: Emma Loftus

June 14th, 2017

Information security threats don’t discriminate. Just last month, the Google Docs phishing and WannaCry ransomware attacks crippled users and healthcare systems around the world. Finding the people who predict, detect, and resolve these security threats are in high demand.  And Emma Loftus, our information security Technical Recruiter is on the front lines; she finds talented security experts for  clients that include new startups to Fortune 500 organizations.

In her first year at Talener, Emma has tackled the challenge of learning about information security and DevOps in order to secure the right talent for her clients.  Her path has lead her to tackle the New York City security market head-on.  Emma’s experience has been tailored to her  strengths as a Technical Recruiter.

We sat down with Emma to get some perspective about her time at Talener, as well as her take on adapting from college to the “working” world.

Before you joined Talener, did you know what tech staffing was?

Before I started working at Talener, I had a very basic knowledge of staffing. I was sold on the culture and the opportunities for growth that came with working in this industry.

What was the most difficult part about making the transition from college to work?

This was my first “real” job – I started a month after graduation. I found it hard to transition to a fixed schedule and not having as many breaks throughout the day.  I was always someone who had spread my classes out in order to avoid early classes.  The early start takes some getting used to!

What kind of advice do you have for someone starting their career in staffing or a sales-oriented role?

Don’t let the small things get you down. In staffing, there is always another candidate or account that is out there just waiting to be picked up.  Move forward and upward.

What kind if advice do you have for someone starting their career in any position?

By your senior year of college, you feel like you have it all figured out. But then, you jump into the workforce at the bottom of the pile again.  Don’t let it get you down.  Don’t be afraid to make mistakes or worry that you don’t know all of the answers. Look to your mentors and work hard. You can learn so much, so quickly.

You have been at Talener for one year. What motivates you to recruit for positions every day?

One of the things that I love about working here is how much control I have over impacting what is going on with my own desk. If I’m not happy with how things are going, I can go out and change it quickly.

Your path led you to become a Technical Recruiter for Information Security. What do you find most challenging about the position?

Sometimes it seems like nothing is going your way – a job is filled by another agency, a candidate rejects an offer, etc.; but you just have to remember that good work is never a waste – it will come back to you!

What do you like the most?

I have control over my own success. I can pick up my own accounts and make things happen. There are many great leaders in this space who are always willing to give advice and help you reach your goals.

We’re curious – what was your dream job as a kid? Certainly not a technical recruiter?

I wanted to be a marine biologist — I loved dolphins and sea turtles.

And what was your college major?

I attended Colgate and studied English literature.

If you won $1 million and had to spend it on one single thing, what would you buy?

I would buy a cabin on a lake in the woods. I love NYC, but sometimes you need to get out of here!

And lastly, what emoji best describes your personality?

The smiley face that waves.

 

For more information about how you can define your path in tech staffing & recruiting, contact our Corporate Recruiter, Taylor Rockower. We are looking for talented graduates who have a passion for forming relationships and finding a purpose in their career.

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Jed Pillion joins Talener Boston as Head of Business Development

May 8th, 2017

TALENER – Boston, MA, May 8, 2017

Talener is excited to welcome Jed Pillion as the Head of Business Development in the Talener Boston office. Jed joins Talener after serving as the Managing Director for ExecuSearch for 6 years where he opened and built their Boston office from the ground up. Prior to working at ExecuSearch, Jed was a Sales Manager at Axceler and a Regional Director with Stride & Associates. In his time at Stride, Jed worked and built a strong relationship with Talener’s CEO, Mike Dsupin and EVP of Sales, Henry Boulos. His extensive background in the IT staffing industry will serve as a growth catalyst for Talener in Boston.

Jed has worked in IT recruiting for over 16 years and in five major markets across the United States.  His hope is that his years of experience will help grow Talener both internally, by mentoring our junior employees, as well as externally, through new enterprise accounts.  Additionally, Jed will be working with existing clients to solidify these relationships in Boston.

On joining Talener, Jed said, “This role is a culmination of my IT business development background.  Focusing on business development allows me to work closely with key accounts while fostering deeper and more meaningful relationships.”

If you would like to learn more about Jed’s path to Talener or have questions about IT needs at your organization, please reach out to him, here.

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Part 2: Coalition for Inclusive Hiring Practices, May 9th

May 2nd, 2017

Tuesday, April 4th marked National Equal Pay Day – a day put into place by the National Committee on Pay Equity in 1996 as a way to generate public awareness regarding the pay gap between men’s and women’s wages.  Now, in 2017, the topic of inclusive hiring practices has never been more important.  Typically, women and minorities earn less than their male counterparts, even though women are joining the workforce and graduating college at a higher rate than men.

The discussion has become more important as individual cities and states have opted into laws that forbid using salary as a qualifier for future salary decisions.  Massachusetts will enact the salary-asking ban in 2018 and New York City, after putting a ban into place for its city workers, is now looking to prohibit any NYC employer from inquiring about a candidate’s salary history – including benefits, bonuses, or commissions.

In the upcoming weeks, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign this new amendment that has been approved by the New York City Council.  The idea, and goal, is to find a way to compensate an employee based on their experience rather than their salary history.  This means that someone who has started their professional life underpaid does not continue the cycle of underpayment.

Powerbase Meditation Founder, Danielle Kayembe, along with Talener’s Head of Training and Strategic Partnerships, Tiffany Roesler and NYC Directors Kim Siembieda and Alicia Scully will dive into the second part of the #TalenerMVMT series: Coalition for Inclusive Hiring Practices on Tuesday, May 9th.  They will cover topics that build upon the first Coalition for Inclusive Hiring Practices event as well as illustrate ways to have salary conversations (without the salary!), navigate changes in the workplace, and Danielle will illustrate some self-created techniques for meditation for women.

If you missed the first Coalition for Inclusive Hiring Practices event, you can read the coverage here. The second part of the series is open to anyone interested in inclusive hiring practices. For more information or to RSVP, click here.

Make sure to stay connected to Talener for updates on the amendment signing.  Follow us on Twitter @TalenerHQ.

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Talener celebrates 10 years in the IT Staffing business!

April 3rd, 2017

Talener opened it’s doors on April 2, 2007 in New York City. Founder and CEO Michael Dsupin started Talener with the desire to offer the community an IT Staffing firm that placed a focus on contract and temp positions.

Mike has been in the IT Staffing industry his entire career, starting with Stride & Associates in 1995. After a successful run spanning 13 geographies and including startups and turnarounds, he found himself looking for the next challenge.  Stride had been a purely permanent placement agency. With a team of 5 former Stride owners backing Mike, he founded Talener, which began as an agency focused on the temp/contract space.  Starting with a team of 3 others (who were new to staffing), Talener generated $1.7 million in revenue in its first 9 months in 2007 (April-December) and $2.4 million in revenue in its first 12 months.

While Mike was always optimistic about his ability to grow a successful business, his only thought on that first day was landing the company’s first client and first candidate.  Talener’s first placement, in its first month, was Alex Nicholas at World Now; that same month, Talener made a second placement, Rahul Trivedi at Dexia Credit Local.  When asked if his vision has changed over the past 10 years, Mike was confident that his original vision is still the one he lives by today: “Success and growth of a business is never something that I take for granted.  It starts with a new client and a new job every day.  These are the lifeblood of our organization.  Delivering a great experience to every candidate and every client will ensure that we continue to grow into a great business”

While Talener has seen vast success over the past 10 years, they have also faced challenges like any other company.  Their biggest challenge has been the communication of their message.  “I know that every Client we call is not hiring immediately or today, but I know they will and when they do, I want them to think of using us.  I know that we are not able to fill every position we work, but I want an opportunity to fill them all… We are in the service business and providing everyone the full Talener experience can get lost in a phone call, in an interview and during some interactions with clients.  With the amount of attempts we make, it’s hard to guarantee that the message is delivered every time and that is something that I would never tolerate in any office/team that I sit in.”

Mike’s best advice he had to offer himself 10 years ago is to push yourself and step out of your box by doing something you never though you would: “Growing up, I worked in a Subway and worked with the owner very closely and I thought, after that experience, that I would never want to own a business.  When I was in College, I also said to myself that the last place in the world that I would ever want to work would be NYC.”  He also wishes he had “taken more notes/videos/pictures of all of the great times that I have shared with the staff, the candidates and the clients along the way.  Without them and all of their help, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”  Besides his family, Talener is the most important thing to Mike.  He defines success as the look on somebody’s face when they get a new job; that’s how it’s known that everything has been done to successfully complete the goals set.

While Mike doesn’t foresee himself slowing down anytime soon, he has a big vision of continued growth and success for Talener in the future.  He wishes to continue the building of deeper relationships with local communities, re-engaging with former colleagues who may have left the company, hopes to expand to new geographies while continuing to expand the business in other aspects. In the long-term when Mike eventually retires, he wishes to see Talener continue its journey to placing clients and candidates with the best position for them.

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